Straight Up Capital is based out of Philadelphia, PA. The fund's Managing Partner is Sean Keefe, a former start-up attorney turned tech investor. Sean brings a forward mindset typically found in innovative communities, like Silicon Valley or Boulder, Colorado, to Philadelphia's investment community.
Sean is a graduate of Syracuse University magna cum laude and the University of Colorado Law School. While at Colorado Law, Sean was an active member in the Boulder tech and venture capital community. Colorado Law is one of the premier schools for tech and
entrepreneurship; while there Sean was a member of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic assisting tech start-ups from entity formation through initial financing.
Additionally, Sean was selected to participate in the Tech Lawyer Accelerator through the Silicon Flatirons Center for Tech and Entrepreneurship. While serving as the Executive Chair of the Transactional Division of the law school, Sean and his partner won the National Intellectual Property Transactional LawMeets competition. Sean was an assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Telecom Program, teaching graduate level engineering classes in Telecom Business & Strategy, and Telecom Policy & Regulation.
Sean began investing in cryptocurrenciess in 2015 as an early adopter of Bitcoin. Additionally, Sean worked in venture capital as a General Partner of the Deming CenterVenture Fund. The fund managed over $1 million in assets, while Sean was a General Partner of the fund.
“Blockchain is a vast, global distributed ledger or database running on millions of devices and open to anyone, where not just information but anything of value — money, but also titles, deeds, identities, even votes — can be moved, stored and managed securely and privately. Trust is established through mass collaboration and clever code rather than by powerful intermediaries like governments and banks."
— DON TAPSCOTT, AUTHOR - THE DIGITAL ECONOMY